UC San Diego seeks a charge artist for their Department of Theatre & Dance.

Will serve as the Paint Shop Supervisor or “Charge Artist”, as that term is commonly understood in the theatre industry, for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Responsibility for supervising the paint shop; overseeing all painting and surface treatments on scenic elements and properties; and all other duties as assigned by production manager.

  • Must be amenable to a fluctuating work schedule. Some evening and weekend work required.


  • Professional theatrical experience. Mastery level knowledge of technical aspects of at least one production area such as lighting, sound, video, costumes, hair/make-up, properties, scenery, scenic treatment, etc.
  • Thorough, high level knowledge of theatrical scenic painting and production, organization and management including professional experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of complex scenic art techniques and their related technology. Thorough knowledge of painting media, their properties, and application. Knowledge using painting tools: Hudson sprayers, airless sprayers, projectors, paint frame, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, tracking, and managing painting budgets. Ability to project scenic art requirements for simultaneous and overlapping productions.
  • Proven experience and ability to effectively organize and supervise a paint shop staff consisting of a variety of professional specialists, providing strong, positive leadership.
  • Excellent skills in interpreting designs, drawings, and written communication with the ability to accurately interpret them.
  • Good working knowledge of the University and collective bargaining policies, practices, rules, regulations, etc., including safety rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge/skills in financial and personnel administration.
  • Solid interpersonal communication skills to communicate complex instructions and information to disparate constituencies. Strong problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills.
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written, with ability to clearly disseminate information.
  • Skill and ability to effectively interact with a wide range of people; students, faculty, professional directors, designers, and stage managers, staff and the general community.
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to meet demanding production schedules and accommodate changing priorities for both an academic and professional production season.
  • OSHA 10 hour training certification. Demonstrated knowledge and adherence to OSHA safety standards.